Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete

4.6
444 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Out of passion, tradition, hard work and integrity, Bavaro’s opened its doors in March 2009 as the first traditional Neapolitan Pizzeria in the state of Florida.

A company committed to the art and craft of Neapolitan pizza, Bavaro’s stays true to tradition by using hand-crafted, wood-fired brick ovens designed by third-generation Neapolitan craftsmen, a 100-year-old yeast culture, 100-year-old Neapolitan recipes, and top-of-the-line ingredients sourced directly from Italy.

From a restaurant in downtown Tampa that seats 50 guests, to a global brand with a standard of quality that resonates around the world, Bavaro’s has since built 3 additional locations and continues to commit itself to the high-quality, welcoming experience that guests all around the country have grown to love.

As a pioneer in the traditional Neapolitan pizza culture, Bavaro’s has set the standard for authentic Italian food, and has paved, and continues to pave, the way for many others in the industry.

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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
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  • Waitstaff wear masks
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
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MatthewF
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pizza was a little burnt and lacked flavor but the ambiance was good.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded 5 days ago

We appreciate you dining with us Matthew! In keeping with tradition of Neapolitan pizza - our crust is slightly charred in places, and has a tender, soft center. We're happy to make it the way you like next time - just let your server know. Hope to see you again soon!

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vipJames
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a pleasant establishment for an excellent Italian meal. Thoughtful and efficient staff. Great evening.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded 5 days ago

It was our pleasure to have you James! We hope you'll dine with us again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Good food and value. Good ambiance.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on November 19, 2021

Grazie! We appreciate you dining with us - and for your review!

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vipBruceP
Tampa
37 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great Italian food for a pittance. Live music was the perfect background and the people watching from our outside table was fantastic, with all the Halloween costumes. We enjoyed baked oysters, buratta caprice with pesto and 2 pasta dishes. All were excellent!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on November 2, 2021

Thanks for dropping in for a spooky good time! So glad to hear you enjoyed everything. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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MattC
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small place right on central. Live music was perfect for a relaxing atmosphere

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on November 2, 2021

We're glad you could stop by and unwind MattC! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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RandallK
Pittsburgh
20 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on November 2, 2021

The Bavaro's team thanks you for your review - and for dining with us!

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Tamara
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The host gave us paper menus that had been printed with some areas that we couldn’t read. I said I couldn’t read most of it and he said they were all like that. I tried to use the scan on the table for the menu but it didn’t work. Our server Crystal was lovely and found a menu we could read.
Do I blame the host or server? Absolutely not. When these menus were printed they should have been reprinted.
We had a wonderful dinner sitting outside listening to their jazz guitar player and enjoying our dinner.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on November 2, 2021

Thanks for stopping in Tamara! We have been using temporary menus as we get ready to release our brand new ones soon! We do apologize if they were hard to read. The new ones are coming out within the week, and we do hope you'll come back and let us know what you think!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Seems like the pizza was thicker than real Italian pizza

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on October 18, 2021

Thanks for dining with us - and for your feedback! We aim to create our pies as close to traditional Neapolitan as possible. If you're ever unhappy with your pie, let your server know - we're happy to re-make it! Hope to see you again soon.

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KimL
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch easy pace with no rushing us and the waiter was great and very helpful

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on October 15, 2021

Thanks for stopping in KimL! See you again soon :)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bavaros St Pete! We walked up one night a few months back for a quick Pizza and a glass of wine and loved the food so much that now we visit nearly every weekend, it’s our go-to dinner spot. We especially love the avocado bruschetta, Mediterranean Salad and Burrata Pizza.

Last night we chatted with Gary the General Manager after our meal, and I had to come on here to thank you all for your excellent service and lively conversation! Thanks for being “our spot.”

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on October 11, 2021

The Bavaro's team appreciates your support, and we hope we're your spot for years to come! See you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

The food was just terrible. The pasta alla vodka had barely any sauce and didn’t have most of the ingredients listed in the dish. The prosciutto pizza didn’t even have actual prosciutto!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on October 15, 2021

Hi there, thanks for your visit. The majority of the ingredients in the penne alla vodka are indeed listed on the menu, and the prosciutto pizza is made with traditional prosciutto crudo that we slice-in house. If you feel you were given any incorrect items, or have any more feedback, please contact us directly via our website. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
8 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my husband before a Ray’s game. Food was really good. We started with the avocado bruschetta which was fabulous. We had one of the pizzas and special honey chicken wings, both really good. Service was great too. We will be back!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on October 11, 2021

It was our pleasure to have you, thanks for dining with us!

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LTH1
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We dined here before a Rays’ baseball game. Great spot within walking distance of the Trop. Had no idea it was Happy Hour….pleasantly surprised my Montepulciano red wine was half price. It was great. The woodfired wings that were a special were delicious as was the Caprese app. For our meal we enjoyed two pizzas, a white Burrata and a red American. The crust of both was awesome! The highlight of our experience may have been Jackie, our server. She was fantastic! Very friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back. :)

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on October 11, 2021

Thanks for stopping in! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date on our specials (including happy hours, BOGO pizzas and more!). See you again soon.

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KathyG
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Always enjoy having a great meal when I visit.

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Jesss
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We’re visiting from NY and made a reservation not knowing it was the night of a rays game in town where the restaurant is. We called because we couldn’t find any parking and knew we were going to be late. They were so rude and gave our table away and we had to find somewhere else to eat. I love the tampa location but this one sucks.

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BobO
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, wine, service, cheers!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on October 11, 2021

Saluti! Thanks for supporting Bavaro's!

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Sjh0014
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Got seated quickly, and service was good. The night’s special pizza was incredible!! Ravioli pasta dish was good too. We had to wait a while for our check to be picked up, but that was the only flaw. Had a great night!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on October 11, 2021

We appreciate you stopping in! We look forward to having you again, and upgrading to all five-stars!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

They over packed the pizza with heavy topics all in the center. It took about 30 mins for 2 pizzas and that was the result. This was my second time and hoped for a better experience. I may not return.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on October 11, 2021

We're sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your pizza, or your experience with us. We do hope you'll give us another chance!

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TiffanyG
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The pizza was delish and we didn’t even know it was bogo pizza night! Found out when the check came. Although it took about 15 min to get anyone to come to the table after we sat, our server was attentive from that point forward. Food was great.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on September 27, 2021

Thanks for dining with us TiffanyG! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with our weekly specials - including BOGO pie night! Hope to see you again soon.

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SteveS
St. Louis
62 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Neighborhood gem. Limited menu with salads pizza and some pastas for dinner but what they offer is very good

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on September 27, 2021

We love our St. Pete community! Thanks for stopping in SteveS!

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garyc
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous brick oven pizzas. Friendly and prompt service.
Great indoor and outdoor options

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on September 18, 2021

Thanks for dining with us garyc! Our team appreciates your review, and feedback!

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vipmeesh
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Fantastic live music, the singers voice is like Michael Buble’s and he was very kind and took requests. Great spot to sit outside, sip on wine and enjoy an evening.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on September 12, 2021

We're so glad to hear you're enjoying our live music! Thanks for dining with us, and for your feedback!

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vipNate
Tampa
456 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The penna alla vodka was the best pasta I have ever eaten. The meatballs are delicious. The pizza is the best in the U.S. Jacquelyn was our server and did a great job. The affogato is deadly.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on September 12, 2021

The best pasta ever - that's quite the accolade, thanks Nate! We'll be sure to pass along your feedback, and we thank you for the staff shoutout! Hope to see you again soon.

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LindaO
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing pizza, fabulous pasta and fresh salads! A must.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on September 5, 2021

Thanks for the recommendation LindaO! The Bavaro's team appreciates your support.

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vipGeneC
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Hostess was terrible and had so much attitude (for no real reason). Ridiculous!! She was extremely rude on a busy Saturday evening.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on August 30, 2021

HI Gene, we're sorry to see you had a bad encounter with one of our staff. This is not the level of service we strive for at Bavaro's and we do apologize. This will be sent along to the manager at the St. Pete location to ensure it gets addressed. We do hope the rest of your meal was enjoyable, and if not - please reach out to us directly via our website. Thank you!

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ChristopherP
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! The food was fantastic. Highly recommend!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on September 5, 2021

We're glad you enjoyed everything ChristopherP! Looking forward to seeing you again soon.

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vtlady
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meal, great service, quick time wait for food.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on August 11, 2021

It was our pleasure to have you dine with us! We appreciate your recommendation.

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TampaHistory
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still the best pizza in Tampa!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on August 8, 2021

We're trying our best TampaHistory - and glad we're still at the tops of your list!

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SarahP
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal for our work team of 13 people. Everyone was very pleased.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on August 8, 2021

We appreciate your group dining with us at Bavaro's! Thank you for your review and your support.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good place but not great

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on August 8, 2021

Thanks for dining with us! We'd love to hear how we could make your visit a five-star experience. Please feel free to reach out to us directly via our website so we can hear more.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! The Burrata Pizza was perfectly cooked and wonderful👍🏻

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on August 8, 2021

We aim for delicious - and glad we hit the mark! (And who doesn't love some creamy burrata!!) We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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HarryN
Tampa
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mushroom Sausage Pizza was wet and somewhat soggy.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on August 8, 2021

Hi Harry - thanks for dining with us! Our pies are traditional Neapolitan pizzas which are more tender in the center than a traditional American pie. Be sure to ask for it well done if you prefer it a little more tough - we're happy to oblige! See you again soon!

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vipmasterchef
Naples
75 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our party of 4 dined here for the first time. Our server was very pleasant and very efficient. We were disappointed that one of the evening specials was sold out before our 6:30 p.m. reservation. We ordered a pizza, two pasta dishes and a salad for our tables. The food was very good. The live entertainment was a nice touch and provided a good backdrop for dining.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on August 8, 2021

We appreciate you dining with us! I will be sure to pass along your feedback with regards to the specials, we'd love for everyone to be able to enjoy them. We hope to see you again soon.

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WarrenB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice little pastaria. We only had drinks and appetizers at the bar before going to a ball game. They were very good and staff was very friendly. Will definitely return to try the pizza!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on August 8, 2021

We appreciate you stopping in WarrenB! We'll see you before the next game - and GO RAYS!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our first visit - reservation via Open Table, Thursday at 7pm. Relatively busy when we arrived but there were a few tables open outside (we elected to sit inside due to the heat). Our waiter was attentive, friendly, prompt, and kept the drinks filled. We enjoyed the garlic bread and buffalo mozzarella caprese as appetizers, and a margherita pizza and penne alla vodka for entrees. Finished with two cannolis to go. All the food was delicious. The only small thing was that the shrimp we added on to the pasta still had the tails on, though the shrimp had been tossed in the pasta/sauce so they had to be picked up to remove the tails (getting sauce on fingers). Would suggest removing the tails before tossing in the pasta. The pizza was authentic Neopolitan style, just the same as what I've had in Naples.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on August 1, 2021

Thank you for dining with us - and for the review! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Brit
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We went out for a birthday celebration. The notes on the open table reservation were not acknowledged. Their service staff did not seem to know much about food and wine. It felt more like they were just there to take the order. No dessert offered. The menu we received was incorrect so we missed out on a lot of items we would’ve preferred to have.
I would rather order it to go next time. The food was really quite delicious, hopefully they train their staff to represent it better.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on August 1, 2021

Hi Brit - thanks for the feedback, and we genuinely apologize that the team did not see/acknowledge the note on the birthday. We'll be sure to pass this along to the manager to be addressed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very cool place. Server was very nice. Food had great flavor. I ate waaayy too much.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on August 1, 2021

Thank you for dining with us - we look forward to seeing you again soon!

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vipHazelGretel
Tampa
23 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the restaurant from the moment we walked in! Great service and recommendations. Wine came very fast, which was lovely. Josh was great!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on July 25, 2021

It was our pleasure to serve you HazelBug! Thanks for choosing Bavaro's!

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RandyH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Turned tables due to dinners before Ray’s game but we were not rushed.

They obviously do a good volume of takeout but again did not diminish service or attention to our table of four.

Food excellent. One in our group said, “Best pizza ever!”

Reasonable price - good value. Good experience.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on July 25, 2021

Thanks for stopping in before the game RandyH! Hope to see you again soon! (And go Rays!!)

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best EVER!! The vodka sauce is TOO DIE FOR! 10/10!

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete
Responded on July 25, 2021

Thanks so much for dining with us - and for your review! Our vodka sauce is one of our staples - and those who have had it know why! Hope to see you again soon.

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You can order delivery directly from Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete using the Order Online button. Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (727) 258-7517.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete is rated 4.6 stars by 444 OpenTable diners.

Bavaro's Pizza Napoletana & Pastaria-St Pete does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://onelink.quickgifts.com/merchant/bavaros-pizza-napoletana-and-pastaria/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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